Alaska Tries To Upend Polar Bear Habitat Protections

Law360, New York (March 9, 2011, 6:38 PM EST) -- Alaska hit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a lawsuit Wednesday claiming a critical habitat designation for polar bears violates federal law, echoing broader allegations that an oil and gas association raised in an earlier suit.

In a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, the state contends that the FWS didn't properly weigh the benefits of excluding certain lands and waters, neglected to consider numerous economic impacts, and failed to cooperate with the state.

Claiming violations of the Administrative Procedure...
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